EXPO food hall plans to open next week in Main Street’s Market Arcade building, aiming to disrupt the lunch routines of downtown Buffalonians.
When it begins its soft-opening phase at 11 a.m. Feb. 18, six restaurants will be offering meals that aim higher than standard quick-serve fare. Built into the Theater District space at 617 Main St. last occupied by Perfetto, it’ll set an official grand opening in a few weeks.
EXPO will be the only downtown venue able to handle large groups without reservations, and everyone will have a seat at the table, said manager Paul Tsouflidis. “The market mix is the most diverse in the area, offering a range of cuisine options from a Thanksgiving hoagie at Bobby Alfman’s to mango sticky black rice from Sun Roll.”
Here’s the opening day lineup:
Newbury Street, a second location of Tsouflidis’ Elmwood Avenue healthy foods emporium, will offer salads, rice bowls and burritos.
Crush Juicery, another Tsouflidis operation, will offer juices, smoothies, acai bowls and more.
Gypsy Bohemian Grove Bar, from Gabrielle Mattina (Gypsy Parlor), will be EXPO’s adult beverages purveyor, with 24 beer taps, cocktails and wine.
Sun Roll, from Kevin Lin of Sun Restaurant, will offer original Asian fusion dishes like burrito-sized wraps with meat, vegetable or seafood fillings, black rice salads and sushi rolls.
Mercato, from Osteria 166’s Nick Pitillo and Jeff Cooke Jr., will let lunchgoers design their own pastas, and also offer meatballs, risotto sticks and more.
Bobby Alfman’s Gourmet Sandwiches, from J.J. Alfieri, Bobby Missana and Charlie Goldman, will offer deli sandwiches and Italian specialties like porchetta.
“At the heart of every great city is a thriving downtown that attracts people with a vibrant mix of retail, restaurants, entertainment and the arts,” said developer Nick Sinatra, whose company owns the building.
“The mayor’s Cars Sharing Main Street initiative was a big help—cars are back, retail is on the rise—and we saw a great opportunity for an upscale craft food and beverage market concept like EXPO to succeed and spur interest and activity to our city center.”
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